GRILA was founded in 1984. It is an autonomous, non-profit, entirely volunteer-based organization of researchers and activists. It functions on the basis of the material and intellectual contribution of its sections, made up of members and supporters. Within its vision of a universalist world, GRILA’s goal is to contribute to the emergence and consolidation of self-directed and self-reliant development in Africa, and to foster international solidarity in support of this form of development. Concretely, this work involves popular education and political action in Africa and internationally.